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Mac OS X Services in Snow Leopard

Mac OS X Services let one application supply its powers to another; for example, a Grab service helps TextEdit paste a screenshot into a document. Most users either don't know that Services exist, because they're in an obscure hierarchical menu (ApplicationName > Services), or they mostly don't use them because there are so many of them.

Snow Leopard makes it easier for the uninitiated to utilize this feature; only services appropriate to the current context appear. And in addition to the hierarchical menu, services are discoverable as custom contextual menu items - Control-click in a TextEdit document to access the Grab service, for instance.

In addition, the revamped Keyboard preference pane lets you manage services for the first time ever. You can enable and disable them, and even change their keyboard shortcuts.

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We may not be quite up to Thanksgiving here in the United States, but all the stores have been displaying their Christmas decorations and displays since Halloween was over. We don't entirely approve of starting the holiday season so early, but we need the time to collect all the reader-driven gift suggestions into our annual gift guide.

I'm sure economists would appreciate a little consumer spending to prop up the global economy, and while it may no longer be possible to pick up an ailing investment bank or bankrupt country for that special someone, Apple aficionados everywhere will still appreciate gift suggestions from the TidBITS community.

Here's how it works. Readers contribute ideas through November 27th, then everyone gets to vote for their favorites in an online survey through December 4th, and we'll publish the top-ranked suggestions on December 7th.

We've started threads for some broad categories in TidBITS Talk where you can share your ideas for great presents, or feel free to post your gift ideas in the comments for this article. If you subscribe to TidBITS Talk via email, just reply to a message in the right thread. If you read TidBITS Talk via the Web, you can post via the Web too; scroll down to the bottom of the window in the appropriate thread.

Please suggest only one product or idea per message, give the reason why you're recommending it, make sure to include a URL, and recommend only others' products.

To get your creative juices flowing, check out last year's "2008 TidBITS Gift Guide" (8 December 2008) and the "2007 TidBITS Gift Guide" (10 December 2007). To refresh your memory on what readers have suggested previously, also see the last three full gift issues from 2006, 2005, and 2004. Thanks in advance!

 

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Adam Engst  An apple icon for a TidBITS Staffer 2009-11-27 05:21
If posting to TidBITS Talk is too onerous, feel free to add gift suggestions here in the comments to this article - I'll extract them and add them to the appropriate category when I build the survey.